When Cartoons Start the Faith Conversation

From the episode, "Dipper vs. Manliness" from Disney Channel Original Series "Gravity Falls."

During my childhood, Sonic the Hedgehog challenged me on the issue of where my confidence rested.

During college, Timmy Turner of “The Fairly OddParents” showed me that not everything you wish and desire for your life is necessarily beneficial.

During my late 20’s, Dipper Pines of “Gravity Falls” challenged me on the topic of Manhood.

And during my early 30’s, Ed Elric of “Fullmetal Alchemist” showed me what happens when you try to play the role of God in certain areas of your life.

Each character and each series played a role in making me question deeply certain areas of my own life especially as it relates to my own Christian walk and my relationship with Jesus Christ.

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3 Awesome Reading Apps for Web Content

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If you are anything like me, you love reading articles online. I mean, I enjoy learning everyday, and the idea of having the experience and insight of millions of people sharing their expertise on the internet it is very exciting.  But I am also aware that there is tons and tons of content that I […]

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UnProgrammed: 03 Ask For Help When You Don’t Know

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There is a theorem in Computer Science called “Ask An Expert,” which unlike other theorems that rely on algorithms and experiments, this one simply relies on focusing on finding the answer instead of trying to figure it out. My experience with church tech social media groups and forums is that we love to talk, but […]

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History of Nintendo and the Church

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Few companies have achieved brand recognition and market penetration like Nintendo. They are one of a few companies whose name has become synonymous with the product they create. It is not uncommon for my parents to refer to any video game system as a Nintendo, regardless of the actual system they are referring to. Yet, […]

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Awesome Adobe Plugins: 01 – AutoSaviour

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Picture this. You are happily working at your desk when someone higher-up pops into your office and asks you to throw a design together and they need it done that afternoon for some reason or another. Being the pro you are, you open up Illustrator and start whipping up some sweet designs. After working for a […]

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When Is the Best Time to Be Creative? [Infographic]

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Creativity is the gold that seems to be so elusive in the short term. I find myself with tons of creativity over periods of time, but I typically need it now, not in the future. So the question is, “How do we create moments of creativity?” Writers, artists, musicians, and others have fought over “do […]

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The Case for Handwritten Notes

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Did you take a course or class lately? Went to a conference? Made notes during a talk or sermon? How did you take notes? Chances are you used your laptop, iPad, or another digital advice. Because that’s what most of us do these days, since handwritten notes, they’re so nineties, right? Wrong.

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7 Data-Backed Tips for Sending Better Emails [Infographic]

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Email is my second favorite way of communicating, just under face-to-face. It is my digital version of my mental memory, as I can go back and search for old conversations, and unlike Slack or G+ hangouts, it is actually organized. The question though, is it best to use emails? Are you actually wasting people’s time? Are […]

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Connecting Your Church Website Offline

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This seems like a silly thought to have now that it is 2015, but I will say it so no assumptions have to be made. A digital ministry’s home base and main platform should always be their church website. Social networking platforms are absolutely important for reaching out to congregation members and communities that churches are in, but […]

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